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Fire Fish and Game managers

Posted: October 26, 2011 - 9:00am

I realize my title appears outlandish; I am attempting to make a point about the history of fish and game mismanagement in Alaska. Why do we have such poor management of our fish and game? Why did it take decades for ADF&G to implement predator control across Cook Inlet in Unit 16? Why has it taken decades for our fish biologists to realize we do not have adequate escapement on Kenai River king salmon? Why has the moose population declined so steeply in the past decade on the Kenai Peninsula, and our game managers not identified the real cause? Why is the Kenai Peninsula overrun with brown bears; the moose calve survival is extremely low; and yet our managers declare we can't have a meaningful brown bear season?

In the U.S. business world consumers "vote with their feet" with future purchases if they are not satisfied. Businesses declare bankruptcy and other businesses provide the goods and services that the consumer demands. The consumer needs are met and the results look like Walmart, Apple, Best Buy, MacDonalds, the Super Bowl winner, etc. We have a system of fish and game management that is similar to our utility monopolies; we the consumer do not get the best goods and services at the best price. 

We The People must demand accountability by our fish and game managers. I believe we need the option of putting fish and game management problems out for competitive bid to private companies. We must remove as many monopolies in our nation as is feasible for the benefit of all Americans, and yes, the Special Interest groups will not be happy with We The People being in control of our lives.

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northernlights 10/27/11 - 08:45 am

Sounds like your speaking out of emotions. Biologists are very aware of the escapement. The guides of the Kenai River are fighting them tooth and nail. Two years ago slykok creek had only 12 kings return. This was brought up at the meeting and the guides screamed and yelled, they do not want any part of the river closed. Its all money. The biologists are sick of it. What makes you think the brown bears are running the area. I think you need to take some time to get your figures in place before you emotionaly spout off. We have every Tom Dick and Harry driving down from Anchorage hunting in our small area. Figure it out. Years ago we had plenty of moose, and alot less people. PFD's came out and people came up. Its supply and demand. Just like now, the hoards from Anchorage driving down here destroying the banks of the rivers. You try to stop them. Best thing is to volunteer to help preserve. Its people and more people.

Allen 10/27/11 - 06:28 pm
Apples and Oranges

There are many reasons why some of the wild animal/fish populations are crashing or decreasing, it's not just one simple thing. Each population is different, but mostly, politics and pressure from special interest groups drives the decisions. For example, many hundreds of moose are killed every year by people driving cars on local roads, but these numbers are ignored by the Board of Game, they plan to implement wolf killing instead to theoretically raise moose numbers. If they really wanted to effectively raise moose numbers, they would try to reduce cars killing moose. This is a typical example of politics driving these decisions, not biology.

radiokenai 10/31/11 - 08:54 am
Correct me if I am wrong...

But aren't the F&G now Federal (due to incompetence from our legislatures). For starters, lets eliminate them overseeing our Fish and Game.

Next, eliminate the Guides and go with limited entry. If you don't live here, then no permit. Cut the guides by half or more. Bye Bye outside [filtered word]!

There is common sense management that could take place, but politics continues to reign. We most likely just voted in another pro-political-person just the other day. I believe Fred would be more in tune with the fishing issue than Navarre, but we have those Kenai/Soldotna Knotheads who think they know best. Figures

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